Kyle Wyman Dominates at Daytona, Looks to Carry Momentum into Road America
NEWS April 3, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Written by: Andrew Swain
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2014) – Less than a second separated the top 11 finishers in the season opening AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race at Daytona International Speedway on March 14, 2014. Out of the 11 frontrunners, Macedon, New York’s Kyle Wyman was able to isolate himself from the pack in the race’s closing milliseconds just enough to pull out front and claim the coveted Round 1 victory by a mere .068 seconds, edging out arch rival and second-place finisher Tyler O’Hara quicker than most humans can blink an eye.
“Winning Daytona is everything to me,” said Wyman. “I love that place so much, in fact, I spend all winter thinking about competing in my first race of the season there. It helps me survive the long months of winter knowing that come March, I’ll be suited up and ready to ride in Daytona, it’s by far my favorite venue of all the tracks to race at.”
Wyman’s Round 1 victory aboard his Kyle Wyman Racing XR1200 puts him atop the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series championship point standings heading into Round 2 at Road America scheduled to be held on May 30-June 1, 2014. Since there will be no XR Showdown this season, the coveted No. 1 plate will go to the rider who obtains the most points throughout the 2014 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series season. So far, Wyman leads the way with 30 points to his credit.
“It’s going to be a long season,” said Wyman. “There’s no XR Showdown this season which means every point counts starting at Daytona. To start off the year this way is huge and to be in the lead right now, well, I can’t ask for anything more than that. I’m just looking to be consistent and fast all season long but I also want to be conscientious of the points chase as well.”
At just 24 years old, Wyman has undoubtedly solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with on the AMA Pro Racing circuit. However, one thing missing from his resume is a Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series championship… as a rider. Wyman was a part of Michael Barnes’s championship run in 2012 when he was the owner of KLR Group.
“When I got the championship trophy back in 2012 as team owner to Michael Barnes, it was an amazing experience,” said Wyman. “Now that I’ve gotten a chance to taste that kind of success, I want to win the championship as a rider. After all, that’s the end game. That’s my goal, is to win a championship this year and so far I’m off to a really good start.”
Wyman will get his shot at another successful weekend when the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series rolls into Round 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wis. on May 30-June 1, 2014.
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